Bhutan, An Ecological Model

Bhutan is a small kingdom located in the heart of the Himalayas in Tibet. Its capital city of Thimpu is a beautiful city, that lies between large mountains and thick forests, and is where the royal palace is located. Bhutan is a democratic constitutional monarchy, who’s culture is deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhism. One of the first images people have in mind when they think of Bhutan is the notorious Tiger Nest Temple, lying on the side of a snow covered mountain, surrounded by gorgeous pine forests. The people of Bhutan speak a language called Bhutanese, a Tibeto-Burman dialect.

Bhutan uses 100% renewable hydraulic energy, making it the first carbon negative country in the world. In addition to being an almost zero emissions nation, the country has made all plastic and polystyrene illegal since 1999. The countries agriculture is 100% free of all GMO’s and pesticides, and practices agroforestry, the practice of preserve a bio diverse ecosystem and growing crops to nourish communities. The country has also made great efforts of reforestation, and in its constitution states that each citizen has a duty to protect the environment. These efforts of reforestation are massive, for example, when the crown prince was born, 108,000 trees were planted. The significance of the number 108 is rooted in Buddhism, as the number represents harmony, luck and longevity. If you would like to travel to Bhutan, there are many amazing yoga and spiritual retreats you can visit while staying in the magical country of Bhutan. When traveling, make sure to visit some of the famous reforestation sites and projects, and be sure to plant a few trees to leave your mark on the ecological movement.

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